I’m going to slightly gloss over the actual result today, for two reasons.
First, I didn’t get to see or even hear the game at all.
And second, I have to confess that I’m honestly not that bothered.
That sounds wrong, but now that we have nothing to play for, I just find it hard to maintain interest and it’s just a case of the season seeing it’s way out until we go again (did I really just say that?) next season.
From what I’ve heard though, it sounds like we had another shocker today, with Amavi, Gardner and Elphick all having poor games. It’ll be interesting to see what happens with these players, but I’m guessing that we’ll see two of them sold in the summer.
As for Kodjia getting a red card, well, deliberately kicking a player is unforgivable, but he was apparently only reacting to some “treatment” he’d been getting previously.
I suppose sometimes it’s just hard to keep taking stick and not react, for any young(ish) male and we all have our limits.
I’m not at all excusing it though and you have to not let it get to you.
That said, I’ve heard some suggest that Kodjia’s a bit of a wimp in the way he seems to get injured so easily but I’m not convinced myself. Like any other decent striker, he gets targeted, in my opinion.
Whatever, it’s bloody annoying, because he’s going to be out for the rest of the season, which of course includes the Blues game, where I was hoping he’d be stuffing at least one goal up them.
And that leads me nicely onto our neighbours, where news has emerged that Gianfranco Zola has resigned.
It’s no surprise given his absolutely atrocious record and on first hearing the news I was quite glad. A managerless club usually struggles afer all and beating them, possibly helping them towards relegation seriously appeals.
Or does it?
While any bad news regarding Blues is generally good for us Villa fans and you have to laugh at how poor the decision to sack Rowett and appoint Zola looks, so I’m not really convinced that Blues should get relegated.
When I was younger, I’d have practically been wetting my pants at the thought of a Blues relegation. It’s just that tribal instinct, isn’t it?
Yet, now I’ve matured and mellowed, so I now believe it won’t be a particularly good thing for us.
It’s been argued on here that if we really want to improve as a club, so we need tough competition on our doorstep. Yes, we have it with the Albion to some extent, but it’s not the same, because they’re not our actual “enemy”.
Think about it, before you poo-poo what I’m saying.
Liverpool have Everton, Man Utd have Man City and the London clubs have the obvious, all competing with each other at similar levels.
Whereas Blues haven’t really competed with us for donkey’s years, even on the odd occasions they were above us in the table.
I mean, it might just be me, but I don’t really get that sense of hatred between the two club’s sets of fans any more. Yes, it manifests itself at the actual games, but generally I think the rivalry isn’t as intense as it was.
For example, while I never heard a nose say they were sorry we were going down last season, by the same token I always got the sense that they thought it somehow didn’t seem right that we were being relegated.
Perhaps that’s just down to the more older people I talk to these days, but interestingly, some of them were “players” in the bad old days of serious football hooliganism, so definitely had the “hatred”.
Whatever, my point is that while we might all have a right good laugh if the Blues do get relegated, I’m not so convinced it’ll be good for us.
Plus we won’t even have the derby to look forward too, will we?